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Scientist joins US hall of fame

Ken Richardson
Dr Richardson is the only living Englishman to be inducted this year

A scientist who invented an anti-fungal medicine in Kent has been inducted into a US hall of fame.

Dr Ken Richardson, 68, was invited to join the US National Inventors Hall of Fame, based in Ohio, for developing Fluconazole, also known as Diflucan.

Dr Richardson invented the drug in 1981 at the Pfizer laboratory in Sandwich, Kent, with a team of eight chemists and five biologists.

He is the only living Englishman to be inducted by the Hall this year.

Dr Annette Doherty, from Pfizer, said: "The honour is an inspiration for all our researchers. Ken and his team have helped save the lives of millions of people around the world."

Fluconazole is widely used to treat patients with weakened immune systems, including cancer and Aids sufferers, transplant recipients, and burn victims.

Dr Richardson joins 388 other inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, including Alexander Graham-Bell, inventor of the telephone, and Steve Wozniak, inventor of the personal computer.

Other inductees this year included John Charnley, the inventor of hip-replacement surgery, and Harold McMaster, inventor of tempered glass, who were both posthumously recognised.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is a non-profit organisation, and was founded in 1973.




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